Monday, March 18, 2013

Pontiff 'not guilty'

Priest defends Pope Francis against 'Dirty War' accusations
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner shakes hands with Pope Francis during a private meeting March 18. CNS photo / L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters.
In a Catholic News Agency column, professor and priest Father Matthew Lamb dispels allegations that Pope Francis did not speak out against the kidnapping of two Jesuits during the country's civil conflict in the 1970s.

Father Lamb, chairman of the theology department at Ave Maria University in Florida, discusses the case of two Jesuits who were kidnapped by the Argentine government in the 1970s. From 1973 to 1980, Father Jorge Bergoglio was the head of the Jesuits' Argentine province.

During that time, the military junta that ruled Argentina levelled a "Dirty War" against Marxist and left-wing activists and militants, which included the forced disappearance of tens of thousands of people.

For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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